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There has been many times in my life that I have used my art to HEAL. It
had always been a bit of a joke during the weekly classes I taught for many
years, that it was as much a *therapy* session as it was an art class. While
said in jest, I knew there was a lot of truth to that statement. Whenever
totally involved in any of my art pursuits, I entered a totally different
*space*, where time and troubles dissolved and that essential creative spirit
totally took over, transporting me to a place of peace and connection to
something greater than myself. Some call it God. I call it the Universe, but
essentially, whatever the label, I believe, it is the same guiding light, source
of comfort and power available to us all, if we just surrender and ALLOW. I am
living proof that ART NOT ONLY HEALS, but also opens us up to the joy of being
alive, creative and living the dream, despite (and sometimes due to) the
challenges everyday life brings.
I have, since 2008, studied to become a Holistic Councilor
and qualified Art Therapist/facilitator and teach art journaling/healing classes
online. (see classroom for available)
For me, HEALING THROUGH ART,
really kicked into high gear when I discovered the world of *visual* or Art Journaling
when something inside just went *WOW!*. I tried it, I LOVED it and have been doing it
ever since. I journal when I am happy, I journal when I am sad or mad, I journal
when I am day dreaming, I journal about every day things that seem unimportant
at the time and, of course, those wonderful and memorable moments too. I journal
LIFE - using whatever medium, technique or art seems appropriate to express the
moment. No right or wrong! It doesn't need to be pretty
(although it can be) or the correct composition, it encourages breaking of the
rules and gives a FREEDOM to art that is PURE play! It truly links ART to HEART.
Scribble, splash, doodle, glue, stencil, cut, spray, stitch
and texture to your heart's content. Anything goes! It is your personal journey
and doesn't need to be shared with anyone if you don't want to. Or, if you wish
to share, you can leave one on the coffee table and watch how EVERYONE is drawn
to pick it up, run their hands over it and take a peek inside! You can take a
peek at one of mine below......
||Lovely THICK Mixed Media Journal
at left (combination of stencils, hand painting, spraying, embellishing and
sewing, etc) - doesn't it make you just want to open it and see
what's inside?? Tee hee.....
This page shown above, with 3D butterfly perched on top is multi-folded so it
opens out to reveal even more inside!
collaged, painted, pinned and doodled piece on watercolor paper, tucked into a clear
pocket inside the book
Dreams of Childhood pages - painted,
speckled and distressed
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